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'''Ithilien''' is a region and fiefdom of [[Gondor]].
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'''Ithilien''' was a region and fiefdom of [[Gondor]].
  
Ithilien, or ''Moon-land'', is the only part of [[Gondor]] across the Great River [[Anduin]], wedged in between the river and the [[Ephel Dúath]] of [[Mordor]]. The region is further divided into North and South Ithilien.
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Ithilien, or ''Moon-land'', was the only part of [[Gondor]] on the eastern side of the [[Anduin]], wedged in between the river and the [[Ephel Dúath]]. The region was further divided into North and South Ithilien.
  
It was a fair and prosperous land during the [[Second Age]] and the first part of the [[Third Age]], when Gondor was strong and Mordor deserted. Of old its chief city was ''Minas Ithil'', (Tower of the Moon), but when this was captured by Mordor it was renamed [[Minas Morgul]], (Tower of Sorcery). After this the majority of its people fled across the Anduin to escape war, but the [[Stewards of Gondor]] still kept scouts in Ithilien, based on secret locations such as ''[[Henneth Annûn]]''.
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It was a fair and prosperous land during the [[Second Age]] and the first part of the [[Third Age]], when Gondor was strong and Mordor deserted. Of old its chief city was ''Minas Ithil'', the Tower of the Moon, but when this was captured by Mordor it was renamed [[Minas Morgul]], the Tower of Black Sorcery. After this event, the majority of the people of Ithilien fled across the Anduin to escape war, but the [[Stewards of Gondor]] still kept scouts there, operating out of secret locations such as [[Henneth Annûn]].
  
In ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', [[Gollum]] leads [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] through Ithilien on the way to the pass of [[Cirith Ungol]] into Mordor. After witnessing a battle with [[Southrons]] of Harad accompanied by [[Oliphaunts]], the hobbits are found by [[Faramir son of Denethor II|Faramir]], the son of the Steward [[Denethor II|Denethor]], but are allowed to continue when he is satisfied they are not agents of [[Sauron]].
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During the [[War of the Ring]], in early May [[Third Age 3019|T.A. 3019]], [[Gollum]] leads [[Frodo Baggins]] and [[Samwise Gamgee]] through Ithilien on their way to [[Cirith Ungol]] and into Mordor. After witnessing an ambush of [[Haradrim]], the hobbits were found by [[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|Faramir]], the son of the Steward [[Denethor II|Denethor]], but are allowed to continue when he is satisfied they are not agents of [[Sauron]].
  
During the [[Fourth Age]], Ithilien is ruled by the Princes of Ithilien, a line that starts with Faramir and [[Éowyn]] (the White Lady of Ithilien). Minas Morgul is not repopulated, and Faramir rules as Lord of the [[Emyn Arnen]]. After the fall of Sauron, [[Legolas]] brought elves from [[Greenwood the Great|Greenwood]], and they dwelt in Ithilien, and once again it became the fairest country in all the westlands.
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During the [[Fourth Age]], Ithilien was ruled by the [[Prince of Ithilien|Princes of Ithilien]], a line that started with Faramir and [[Éowyn]], who became known as the White Lady of Ithilien. Minas Morgul was not repopulated, and Faramir had his throne in [[Emyn Arnen]]. After the fall of Sauron, [[Legolas of Mirkwood|Legolas]] brought elves from [[Greenwood the Great|Greenwood]], and they dwelt in Ithilien, and once again it became the fairest country in all the westlands.
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==References==
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* ''[[The Two Towers]]'', passim.
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* ''[[The Return of the King]]'', passim.
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* ''[[The Lard of the Rings]]'', [[Appendices|Appendix]] [[Appendix B|B]]
  
 
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Revision as of 07:05, 9 July 2008

First Sight of Ithilien by Ted Nasmith.

Ithilien was a region and fiefdom of Gondor.

Ithilien, or Moon-land, was the only part of Gondor on the eastern side of the Anduin, wedged in between the river and the Ephel Dúath. The region was further divided into North and South Ithilien.

It was a fair and prosperous land during the Second Age and the first part of the Third Age, when Gondor was strong and Mordor deserted. Of old its chief city was Minas Ithil, the Tower of the Moon, but when this was captured by Mordor it was renamed Minas Morgul, the Tower of Black Sorcery. After this event, the majority of the people of Ithilien fled across the Anduin to escape war, but the Stewards of Gondor still kept scouts there, operating out of secret locations such as Henneth Annûn.

During the War of the Ring, in early May T.A. 3019, Gollum leads Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee through Ithilien on their way to Cirith Ungol and into Mordor. After witnessing an ambush of Haradrim, the hobbits were found by Faramir, the son of the Steward Denethor, but are allowed to continue when he is satisfied they are not agents of Sauron.

During the Fourth Age, Ithilien was ruled by the Princes of Ithilien, a line that started with Faramir and Éowyn, who became known as the White Lady of Ithilien. Minas Morgul was not repopulated, and Faramir had his throne in Emyn Arnen. After the fall of Sauron, Legolas brought elves from Greenwood, and they dwelt in Ithilien, and once again it became the fairest country in all the westlands.

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